The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Linking the Internet

Sorry for the slowness of posting lately, it's been a busy couple of days.

But the Wildcats wait for no man, and as we finally move closer to Saturday's game (has it really been just five days?  It seems like five weeks!), there are quite a few interesting things around the Internet these days.

First is this article by the ESPN ombudsman.  It is really long, so I'll cut right to the buildup and the money quote.  You'll have to read the rest yourselves if you want the whole story, and I do encourage that:

At a Dec. 17 fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Knight -- who was not covering the event for ESPN -- opined: "We've gotten into a situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching. You see we've got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that."

The mailbag exploded: "Incredible, Bob Knight giving lectures on integrity" … "Hard to see Knight as an unbiased opinion" … "Coach Calipari was not found to be in non-compliance with NCAA rules at Memphis or U of Mass" … "His comments were inappropriate and off-base" … "Knight makes slanderous statements and evidently ESPN doesn't care."


Knight is entitled to his opinions, and ESPN viewers are interested in them. And seeking integrity in a sport that sometimes ignores it is laudable. However, tossing a verbal hand grenade without new information doesn't advance that cause.

I'm glad we got that straight.  

It is a pity, though, that so many people fail to recognize that UMass wasn't "punished" by the NCAA for the Camby affair.  There were no sanctions, no probation, no report issued.  The NCAA merely required the Minutemen to forfeit all games won while Camby was ineligible.  That may seem like a penalty, but it isn't.

Second, there is this:

Dean E. Smith Center 1 2 T
 Wake Forest (12-4) 36 46 82 +6.0
 #24 North Carolina (12-6) 33 36 69 -6.0
Final - Boxscore   Recap   Play-by-Play   

Oh, my, the schadenfreude.  By my count, the North Carolina Tar Heels have not been out of the top 25 since 2001-02 2006 -- but they are about to be.

More after the jump:

Some links of interest:



Oh, and you must check out this video.


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